Political Gabfest

The “Way Too Much News” Edition

The Political Gabfest discusses the extraordinary midterm elections, newly passed voting rights initiatives, and the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the extraordinary midterm elections, whether the success of ballot initiatives protecting voting rights marks a turning point in ballot access, and the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:


• Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “Will Florida’s Ex-Felons Finally Regain the Right to Vote?

• Laura Newberry for the Los Angeles Times: “Orange County Voters Appear to Oust Longtime Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas

• Time: “Indicted and Elected: Candidates Accused of Crimes Won Big in the 2018 Midterms


• Keri Blakinger for the Houston Chronicle: “Promise Not to Kill Anyone? After Losing Election, TX Judge Wholesale Releases Juvenile Defendants

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

Emily: German Lopez for Vox: “Louisiana Votes to Eliminate Jim Crow Jury Law With Amendment 2

David: Beautiful Transitions: Autumn Bonsai Exhibit at the National Arboretum

Listener chatter from @davidamann: Blog post by Jay Rosen: “Election coverage: the road not taken It’s called the ‘citizens agenda’ approach in campaign journalism. I know, dorky name. It was tried. And it worked.


For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment the hosts discuss the outcomes of some overlooked midterm races.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.